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Study computer science in the USA

An in-depth guide to studying computer science in the USA as an international student

What types of computer science degree can you study in the USA?

What do computer science experts in USA say?

  • Dr Christine Bakke

    Dr Christine Bakke

    University of Minnesota Crookston Computer Science Lecturer
    Dr Christine Bakke says

    UMC offers many degrees, including computing degrees such as software engineering and information technology management. International students can study technology alongside many other complementary programs such as cybersecurity, graphic design, programming, finance, health management, international business, marketing, and many others.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston is a great place for international students to prepare for a global marketplace that is running on technology.

    We are located in the heartland of the United States, allowing students to learn advanced computing technologies such as software design and development, networking infrastructure, and cybersecurity while experiencing American culture.

    Information technology management emphasizes learning technologies that will generate business value, such as programming, network planning, IT security, tech support, marketing, and project management.

    Software engineering students focus on Agile software development as they learn the software development lifecycle through requirements, design, development and testing of software. Students will learn multiple programming languages as they learn best practices for developing software for industries such as business, the web, medical, health, and gaming.

    Our students either continue on to graduate school or are employed in computing careers such as full-stack software developers, cybersecurity, IT management, web development, database, IoT / smart systems development, game development, software testing, data analytics, and more.

  • Dr Kenneth Rouse

    Dr Kenneth Rouse

    LeTourneau University Associate Professor
    Dr Kenneth Rouse says

    Even though technology is getting to be very global the US still is setting the standard and it is to the advantage of international students to learn in the environment that has a great focus on new technology.

    As such a global subject, the more international students are exposed to other cultures the better it is for them. I think that the US is a safe place for them to experience new cultures.

    With a computer science degree you can pretty much go wherever you wish to find employment. There is a great demand all over the world and the pay is very good.

  • Dr Leann Christianson

    Dr Leann Christianson

    California State University, East Bay Professor and Graduate Coordinator, MS Computer Science Program
    Dr Leann Christianson says

    A core curriculum in computer science involves a blend of theory and practice, offers opportunities for problem-solving in many areas, and provides experience with a variety of computer languages and software packages.

    A typical student’s experience includes programming through software engineering, hardware through operating systems, and can include data solutions, web design, networking, mobile computing, artificial intelligence, hardware design, and graphic implementations ranging from interface design to computer vision. The breadth of subject material is important as many students can expect to have a number of different job classifications throughout their careers.

    Many believe that being a programmer means you will be working all by yourself in a cubicle. Nothing is further from the truth! Applications are built by many people. Employers are looking for those who can work easily with others and who have good communication skills.

    Our mission, therefore, is to teach students the most important skills that are required by the industry, as well as prepare them for a diverse, multicultural workplace. Students graduating with a C.S. degree from Cal State East Bay are able to perform successfully on teams to accomplish a common goal and communicate computer science concepts effectively in written and oral form.

    Cal State East Bay is ideally situated between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. There is a multitude of technical companies nearby including Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Salesforce, Workday, etc.

    Many of our students have done internships or graduated to work full time for these and other companies. Our department regularly gets email from companies hoping to recruit our students.

    Companies hold information sessions on campus or at their worksite. There are also many opportunities to network with professionals outside of the campus at monthly free industry talks, tech meetups, job fairs, and conferences.

Top computer science programs in the USA

What are the top Computer Science Undergraduate programs in the USA?

Bachelor's in computer science in the USA

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    Computer Science and Engineering - BSc LeTourneau University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,630 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,630 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Computer Science - BSc James Madison University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,150 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,150 USD

    Start date
    August, May, January
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    Computer Science - BSc Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,936 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,936 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Computer Science - BSc/BA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Computer Science - Cybersecurity - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,185 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,185 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in computer science in the USA

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    Computer Science - ASc Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,184 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science - ASc Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, August, June
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    Computer Science - ASc North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Computer Science - ASc South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, June, April, January
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Certificate in computer science in the USA

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    Computer Science - Cert Full Sail University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    7 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 USD

    Start date
    January, December, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
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What are the top Computer Science Graduate programs in the USA?

Master's in computer science in the USA

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    Computer Science - MSc Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,300 USD

    Start date
    August, May
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    Computer Science - MSCS Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,600 USD

    Start date
    October, August, June, May, March, January
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    Computer Science - MSc Felician University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,360 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,360 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Science - MSc Monmouth University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,000 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Computer Science - MSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Doctorate in computer science in the USA

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    Computer Science (Software Systems Entering with Bachelor's Degree) - PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Computer Science - PhD New York Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,000 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science - PhD Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,600 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Science - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,896 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Computer Science & Engineering - PhD University of Bridgeport, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,635 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Student reviews for computer science in the USA

  • Taeho Lee Lee
    Korea, Republic of
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Berkeley City College Computer Science
    Tell us about studying computer science in the USA
    The lectures are quite advanced in the teaching, and easy to understand. However, I have some concerns on the supply of the CS department instructors as they frequently lack sufficient amount of classes and rely on temporary instructors.
  • Van Luong
    Vietnam
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Central Washington University Computer Science
    Tell us about studying computer science in the USA
    I love the professors and their teaching techniques. It is still quite easy compare to other school's program. However, I understand the key point in this field is self-taught.
  • Gracia Assaka
    Congo
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Southern Utah University Computer Science
    Tell us about studying computer science in the USA
    The quality of the programs at SUU is good on average. The majority of teachers give well-structured and easy-to-understand readings. These teachers stick to the syllabus and ask questions to make sure that we have learned something. However, I have had teachers who come to the readings with no apparent preparation. Regarding tuition, I find it a bit expensive when you consider the quality of the programs. Resources like writing and tutoring centers are tools that help you be successful.
  • Sichon Qin
    China
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Central Washington University Computer Science
    Tell us about studying computer science in the USA
    They need to hire more lecturers and professors. There should be more classes for each course in one week.
  • Devansh Goel
    United States
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    California State University, East Bay Computer Science
    Tell us about studying computer science in the USA
    I am currently studying computer science. It is great to see different professors having different way of teaching. Some are competitive which actually helps in a professional level. Some are easy and helps to keep mind stress free.